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Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph To Undergo Renovations

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A rendering of the St. Joseph outdoor actvity area.

Wichita's Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph is under construction.

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Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph President Laurie Labarca

St. Joseph is undergoing a $50 million renovation plan. The hospital, located in southeast Wichita, is converting its medical-surgical units to private patient rooms on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors.

This follows the renovation of their New Life Center, which now has large private delivery rooms.

Laurie Labarca, the hospital's president, says the plan also includes location changes for some of the mental health services.

"This offers us the opportunity to have more integrated care for our behavioral health patients by consolidating our behavioral health services that we have currently at our Good Shepherd campus...back over to the St. Joseph campus.," Labarca says.

Part of the renovation includes a rooftop facility so that patients can have access to fresh air within walls and big windows, but no ceiling.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.